Books With The Tag: #non fiction

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Today’s #nonfiction book for kids is an enormous flap book called Peek and Seek, illustrated by the wonderful Charlotte Milner, published via DK Canada.  

This big book is packed with facts about animals and nature and each spread has twenty-eight things to count and find!  Seriously, these flaps are so big they exceeded the limits of my tiny studio!  A lively, sturdy book for small hands filled with rich, colourful illustrations by the talented Charlotte Milner.  A great way to introduce nature through play to toddler & preschool smalls and a wonderful seek and find book for the little kid crowd!  Recommended 3+up!



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Today’s #picturebook is The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall & illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault via @simonschusterca.  This gorgeous book spares no details, brimming with yellow and black from end paper through every page!  We love this friendly tour of a bee’s life with its simple, rhythmic text that inspires movement and onomatopoeia-like reading.  
There’s never been a better time to get your smalls excited about our friendship with bees!  This book follows a friendly bee from flower to hive and everything that happens in between.  
We love the bright colours and especially bright orange of the pollen.  Bees see the ultra violet spectrum so flowers look much, much different to them, infinitely more colourful and exciting–we thought the illustration style capture that feeling here!  
This book comes with its own age recommendation (4-8) but we feel the smaller smalls can benefit from the beautiful colours and exciting, noisy word choices of the writing.  Recommended 3+up from us!  Buzz buzz!



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Spring is sprung here at the blog & we are celebrating with some DK Canada non-fiction books this month!

Today’s title is I Can Grow a Flower a visual guide to how flowers grow.  We loved the simple journey from seed to flower in this colourful book as well as the fun lift-the-flaps!  We seeded a vegetable garden with our small protagonist inside in our sunny window and have just started hardening it outdoors in the box each day.  He’s loved watching seeds sprout just like in our book. 

A great first time gardening book for smalls 1.5 & up!

Bonus blog call-out:  this book comes with an adorable sunflower size growth chart to measure your smalls!



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Today’s #picturebook is a non-fiction underwater treasure called The Brilliant Deep:  Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner & illustrated by Matt Forsythe via @raincoastbooks​.  This beautifully illustrated book follows the life and work of Ken Nedimyer from his early childhood and fascination with the sea to his groundbreaking work discovering how to rebuild coral reefs.  We loved the brilliant imagery and easy-to-follow text in this book.  I found it easily adaptable to even my little three-year old who loved the idea of “underwater gardening”!  It’s never to early to impart both a sense of wonder and a sense of stewardship with our earth to our smalls. 

Recommended 4+up (or 3 if you’re comfortable editing as you go for littler smalls).  A wonderful read to share and grow with.


Bonus blog call-out:  Vocabulary galore at the end!



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Today’s #boardbook is the newest in DK Canada’s wonderful “follow the trail” series:  Follow the Trail Winter Wonderland.  This lap sized board book is filled with textured, sparkling lines for smalls to trace with their fingers and packed full of fun facts about winter animals.  Names, shapes, homes and food sources are all explored with a fun finger “maze” at the end.

These bold, high contrast books are great for smalls 6 months and up as they explore colour and texture for the first time.  The finger trails really come to life at around age 2.5 as smalls delight in vocabulary and shape recognition and feel victorious after tasks that play like a game.  

There is something in DK’s finger trail library for every interest and this winter themed edition is great for the holidays.



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Our fourth book in our “Week of Elly Mackay” is Fall Leaves, written by Loretta Holland and illustrated by Elly MacKay, published via @raincoastbooks.

This is a beautiful, non-fiction book about the seasonal changes of fall where Elly MacKay’s paper art brings a sense of motion to the shifting colours in nature.  Leaves, apples, flowers, winds and animals getting ready to hibernate come to life on every page and smalls are gently introduced to this gorgeous season. The full text on each page is probably best for smalls age 3+up but can easily be simplified for smalls 2+up to enjoy as well.

The book finishes with instructions for doing some leaf printing crafts!  A lovely bonus feature.  We love this interactive book in vivid autumn colours!  A perfect book to share with smalls every fall before doing some nature exploring of your own!